New Scotland, New York

New Scotland, New York
New Scotland
—  Town  —
Clarence Houck's Cattery - New Scotland, NY
Location within Albany County and New York
New Scotland is located in New York
New Scotland
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 42°37′16″N 73°56′6″W / 42.62111°N 73.935°W / 42.62111; -73.935
Country United States
State New York
County Albany
Incorporated 1832
 – Type Town Council
 – Supervisor Thomas Dolin (D)
 – Town Council
 – Total 58.4 sq mi (151.2 km2)
 – Land 58.1 sq mi (150.4 km2)
 – Water 0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
Elevation 666 ft (203 m)
Population (2010)
 – Total 8,648
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 36-50672
GNIS feature ID 0979272

New Scotland is a town in Albany County, New York, United States. The population was 8,648 at the 2010 census.

The town is southwest of Albany, New York, the state capital. New Scotland is centrally located in the county.



The town was settled around 1660. New Scotland was founded in 1832 from the west part of the town of Bethlehem. The Bennett Hill Farm was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.[1] The Presbyterian Church in New Scotland and the New Scotland Cemetery was listed in 2010.[2]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 58.4 square miles (151 km2), of which, 58.1 square miles (150 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) of it (0.57%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 8,626 people, 3,341 households, and 2,509 families residing in the town. The population density was 148.6 people per square mile (57.4/km²). There were 3,470 housing units at an average density of 59.8 per square mile (23.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.17% White, 0.28% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.87% of the population.

There were 3,341 households out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.6% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.9% were non-families. 20.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 29.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $58,956, and the median income for a family was $65,753. Males had a median income of $44,138 versus $33,941 for females. The per capita income for the town was $29,231. About 2.5% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in New Scotland

View of New Scotland and Bethlehem from Thacher Park
  • Clarksville – A hamlet in the southwest part of the town on Route 443.
  • Feura Bush – A hamlet in the southeast part of the town, south of Unionville.
  • New Salem – A hamlet west of New Scotland village.
  • Slingerlands – Part of this hamlet is in the Town of New Scotland that is south of Voorheesville.
  • Onesquethaw – A hamlet south of Clarksville.
  • Unionville – A hamlet by the east town line.
  • Vly Creek Reservoir – A reservoir south of New Salem located on land take from the Town of New Scotland by "Emminent Domain" in the early 1950s by the Town of Bethlehem.
  • Voorheesville – An incorporated village in the northern part of the town.
  • Salem Hills – a development built in the 1960s located in the Village with approximately 270 homes (

Town Board

  • Supervisor, Tom Dolin, Term to: 31 December 2011
  • Councilperson, Deborah Baron, Term to: 31 December 2011
  • Councilperson, Douglas LaGrange, Term to: 31 December 2012
  • Councilperson, Daniel Mackay, Term to: 31 December 2012
  • Councilperson, Richard Reilly, Term to: 31 December 2011


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ "National Register of Historic Places". WEEKLY LIST OF ACTIONS TAKEN ON PROPERTIES: 8/30/10 THROUGH 9/03/10. National Park Service. 2010-09-11. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External links

Coordinates: 42°37′43″N 73°54′48″W / 42.62861°N 73.91333°W / 42.62861; -73.91333

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